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2761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Demo- Any Good on: March 15, 2005, 02:01:55 PM
There are a couple threads on the Official Forums for Jade Empire if you want to get a lot of opinions.

Personally I found it great...once I got over the idea it was going to be RPG Tekken.  The combat only has a few buttons to hit and I haven't really found any combos so it isn't exactly a real fighting game.

But it isn't suposed to be.  It is an RPG with more interactive combat.  It is about story and character and the path you choose rather than learning combos and combat moves.

That said it is great in my opinion.  It is beautiful, the characters look cool, the moves look neat, and the setting is very interesting.  You don't get to see much dialogue but what there are for voice acting is very good and considering Bioware's reputation I am willing to trust that the story will be good.

All in all the demo set me straight on what to expect from combat, but didn't show enough RPG elements to get me more excited then I was.  So as a demo to hook players I would say it is a "C" but it is great if you are already interested in the game.
2762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holy Crap Holy Crap Holy Crap Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars on: March 11, 2005, 04:33:04 PM
I hate George Lucas  I hate him because this movie looks incredible - simply amazing, but I have seen Ep1, and Ep2 so I have a feeling in my heart that every fight, and all the action will be incredible but the dialogue and acting will make me want to gouge out my eyes.
2763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Legend of Zelda trailer on: March 11, 2005, 12:52:34 AM
I noticed that the "explosions" when monsters were destoryed was almost the same as Wind Waker.  Is this the same 3d engine just not using cell shading?
2764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Demo for Lego Star Wars out! on: March 10, 2005, 06:56:26 PM
You can find it here -

Don't know of any other mirrors yet.
2765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I loath incredibly tough final bosses on: March 09, 2005, 04:13:45 PM
Quote from: "ATB"

PS. (If anyone chimes in with Beyond Good and Evil they should be kicked in the eyeball!)

It wasn't that BG&E's boss was so tough so much as it was like playing a different game.  For 99% of the game you use your brains to get around combat, then suddenly are forced into a combat situation.  That is what I found annoying.
2766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's time to retire the following bands/artists... on: March 09, 2005, 03:24:39 AM
For bands still making albums I would say Rolling Stones would be high on my list.

Bands that shouldn't be played anymore is a much longer list.

Number one on my list would be Soundgarden  spoonman.  There is an Iowa station which seems to play that song at least once a day - usually after their comercial saying they play the "best new rock"   smile  It may have been an alright song, but it is over 10 years old now!  Let it die!!!
2767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I loath incredibly tough final bosses on: March 09, 2005, 03:20:36 AM
So I am playing Tactics Orge for the second time.  I am at the last fight and I  reminded again how much I loath games with final battles that are 10 times tougher than all the previous battles.

The final boss has twice the number of hit points, he is about impossible to damage, and he can create new minons as often as he wants.

The stupid thing is that I know how to beat him.  Just chip away and heal, chip away and heal, for hours.  Then I win - yippie.

This kind of battle is just stupid.  It is only tough because they make the boss stronger not becuase of strategy or anything.  It is just annoying.  

It also really annoying that the final boss is so much tougher than any other character.  Why not ramp up the difficulty?  Why just throw a hugely powerful boss into the end?


Oh and I have Tactics Orge for is a great game!

2768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I am getting bit by the Sell the Xbox Bug again, help me on: March 08, 2005, 04:17:19 AM
Who wants to take bets on when Tebunker will start a thread about getting an urge to buy another Xbox? smile

I know it is probably to late but don't do it!   There will be stuff at E3 which you haven't heard about yet.  They always tend to do that so it is pretty much a given.  You will be kicking yourself in the behind once you see a must   have game.
2769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got a new job - want to buy a toy but nothing sounds cool on: March 05, 2005, 10:06:24 PM
well it hard to remember every detail each time I post! smile
2770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got a new job - want to buy a toy but nothing sounds cool on: March 05, 2005, 05:14:11 PM
So I got a new job and to celebrate I wanted to get something new and cool but I can't think of anything!  So I am looking for ideas.  

First I have all the consoles, I have a GBA, I won't buy a DS until there are actually some games for it, the PSP isn't out working with that....

What should I buy for under $200?

The best idea I have yet it something mostly boring - a new console switch box.  Right now mine will do up to S-video but I saw one at Game Stop which will do componet.  So I could have my Xbox, PS2, and Cube running through the one componet that my TV has (currently only the Xbox goes through it, the rest are S-video).  

Then I could also buy a better DVD player with componet out.  Would that make any difference?

That is the best thing I can think of and that is mostly boring!!!

Any other ideas?
2771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / FANBOY ALERT NICE COLLECTION! on: March 03, 2005, 09:34:22 PM
You can also see an Xbox remote in the lower right corner!   I saw the big N should come smack this faker around!
2772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'd hold off on buying any new portable machine anytime soon on: March 01, 2005, 08:12:01 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"

The 3 'big consoles' are all pretty much equivalent - they are all in the same generation.

With handhelds they are not. They current portable market spans 3 generations of 'big systems':

GBA = equivalent to the SNES
Nintendo DS = equivalent to the N64
PSP = equivalent to a PS2
Nintendo's theoretical new handheld = equivalent to a Gamecube.

I would think you could get away with doing some cross platform dev on the PSP and Nintendo's new pipe dream. But throwing the DS and GBA into the mix just won't work.

Maybe it wouldn't work.  I am not a coder so I have no idea about the technical hurdles.

I will say though that I would be willing to bet that is if it is profitable to put out games on all those platforms companies will do it.  Their goal is profit so if it can be done they will.
2773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'd hold off on buying any new portable machine anytime soon on: March 01, 2005, 02:00:03 PM
Quote from: "Hrothgar"
I don't see too many developers supporting four formats, GBA, DS, PSP and EVO.  It would seem that the DS would lose out.  An announcement like that would seem to kill DS sales so you'd think they'd have to hold off as long as possible.  E3?

I remember those same arguments when the Xbox was coming out.  Developers won't want to program for three major consoles so one of them has to fail....etc.

Developers seem to have found a way to make it cost effective to do cross platform development for the big consoles so I bet they can for the portable market as well.
2774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Upcoming Movie - Stealth on: February 28, 2005, 03:49:31 PM
I think she should have to be in the bikini for the whole movie.  smile
2775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will you buy the Doom 3 Expansion? on: February 27, 2005, 03:24:11 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Actually ken, IIRC the base concept of the Grabber was featured in the earlier promos for Doom3 (a year and a half before HL2 came out).  They decided not to put it in the final release.  Just an Fyi - as much as I bitch, I know full well it's not like iD just decided to throw one in there because HL2 had it.  (And of course, HL 2 is not the first game to even have the gravity gun, anyway)

Well they may have.  They may have had it in early Doom 3 concepts and dropped it because they thought it was dumb.  Then HL2 came out and showed how cool it could be so they picked it back off the cutting room floor.
2776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Troika is no more. :( on: February 25, 2005, 10:58:17 PM
Quote from: "Jafisob"

I don't think there were any idiots at Troika.  A good project manager who enforces quality control and processes may be all that was needed.  Troika obviously had some talent but had trouble in the final execution.

I played Arcanum and Bloodlines and was very impressed with both games despite some of the bugs.

I would be curious on how some of the T. workers viewed this from an insider perspective.

In some sense though they are idiots if they can't see that they needed a good project manager!  They knew after Arcanum that they had a blind spot for bugs, this was hammered home with TOEE - to not have addressed this by the time Vampire came out shows they had some problems - serious managment problems.
2777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tekken 5? on: February 25, 2005, 05:21:07 PM
I bet it will be very good, but I wonder if there is a big enough market anymore for fighters.
2778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a job offer! How do I negotiate salary? on: February 25, 2005, 01:32:00 AM
I just wonder if my relationship with my boss would be hurt much by that type of negotiation.

Now end users - a gun to their head might be appropriate, but I should probably use a knife for the boss - it is more personal and shows that I want to be close.....
2779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For the love of god: Help me find an RPG on: February 25, 2005, 12:07:06 AM
Well you probably  won't like  Vagrant Story or Vallkyrie Profile because they are more action RPGs

And you really are ruling out most of the rest of what is out there....this is tough.

I would give Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne a try I guess
2780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I got a job offer! How do I negotiate salary? on: February 25, 2005, 12:03:38 AM
I have been looking for a job for a few months and have finally gotten an offer. - which is great.  However the salary is a tad low.  Well actually it isn't that it is low but that the offer was at the bottom of the range.  The range listed was $40,000 to $60,000 and the guy basically offered me $40,000

So is it expected that I will ask for more?  I mean I have 7 years experience doing this type of work so while I don't think I should get the top of the range I should get the something more than the bottom.

So my questions to you fine folks,

How do I go about asking for more money?  

What should I do if they refuse to budge?

And (since this is a Internet forum)

Any good web sites with tips for salary negotiations?
2781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Troika is no more. :( on: February 24, 2005, 09:56:20 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"

I have mixed feelings on the whole thing since those guys clearly had talent, but there was something completely messed up in the design process that kept their games from being as amazing as they should have been.

Hopefully they will go on to good companies and put some of that talent to better use.


Yes!  Exactly.  Some of their programers obviously had talent but they couldn't get a decent product out the door!  Hopefully the good ones will be snatched up by other companies and the idiots that allowed all their releases to be buggy messes will not be in charge!
2782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox RPG's - the future just got **much** brighter.... on: February 24, 2005, 09:53:18 PM

I am excited but I think we need to remember that one man isn't going to remake MS.  Lots of dorky suits can get in the way before this guy gets a game out.
2783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Recomendations for good Star Trek novels on: February 23, 2005, 03:38:21 PM
There the title is right for Paul


They are a guilty pleasure but sometimes they are fun to read as sci-fi light.

Since there are hundreds of titles though there are a lot of both crap and good stuff so I am turning to other geeks for recommendations of good Star Trek novels.

I am not that partial to Voyager or Enterprise but books from any of the other series would be great!

2784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Ep 3 Spoilers on: February 23, 2005, 02:24:51 PM
Well someone put together a great series of pics pretty much story boarding the 3rd installment of George Lucas's mental masturbation....errr Star Wars.

Don't look unless you want big, huge, pretty much total spoilers.  But if you can't resist (I couldn't) then head here.

Got to say it looks a hell of a lot better than then other two, but I will wait for reviews.
2785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2 is wireless on: February 23, 2005, 03:16:08 AM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
I would love the ability to turn my console on and off by remote. Why do we have power button on tv remotes? At least on the remote control for the unit it would be nice to have a power button. Especially on the remote unit. I could pass on the controller, but on the remote it is essential I think.

Yes!  I wouldn't call it "essential" but it is certainly overdue and would be nice.

I can turn off my Xbox through my hacked Dashboard so why can't MS offer the same thing?
2786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BSG...for those who like the mechanic girl on: February 22, 2005, 12:27:36 AM
Should be in the "For men who like boys but don't want to admit it." catagory.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.....
2787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 100 Funniest Jokes of all time on: February 16, 2005, 06:29:15 PM
Well at least according to this list compiled by GQ

So far the only one to make me laugh was


A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years. After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. "Cold floors," he says. They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throats and says, "Bad food." They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. "I quit," he says. "That’s not surprising," the elders say. "You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here."
2788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP pics ... holy *@#$%^&*!!! (56K warning) on: February 16, 2005, 04:44:03 PM
The Wind Waker thing ruins it for me becuase now I don't know which of the other shots are fake.  So I have no idea how good or bad it really looks.
2789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 2 Impressions? on: February 15, 2005, 09:36:36 PM
I have to say after reading several reviews I am perfectly happy to wait.  It seems to have done more of what I disliked abou the first one (rambling sub plots with little explanation)  and less of the things I liked (specilized combat skills)

I will admit though that I love the fact that it is short.
2790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What TV show do you want to see on DVD? on: February 14, 2005, 10:19:03 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Tales of the Gold Monkey
Dungeons & Dragons cartoon
The A-team

The A- Team is already out on DVD so you should get to the store!
2791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced on: February 11, 2005, 04:50:10 PM
Two more things that bugged me.

1. getting abilities from weapons.  It was teadious because each time you got a new weapon you needed to check for what abilities each job could learn then switch to that job, learn ability, switch back to other job etc.   So rather than worrying about your job you had to always track the equipment as well.     That was a lot of micro managment for little reward.

2. The rediculous amount of points needed for some skills.  I know they were powerful skills but come on!  Basically it required playing a lot of extra battles just to pick up a skill.
2792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BiTTorrent TV shows on: February 11, 2005, 03:19:57 PM
LOL!  What a great topic in light of the fact that  one of the largest BT sites was just shut down by the MPAA

They are about movies but hey TV is probably not legal to download either.  Although it is much more of a gray area.
2793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced on: February 11, 2005, 02:03:14 PM
Quote from: "Draco"
Anyone played both FFTA and Tactics Ogre for the GBA?  Which did you like better?  I understand that Tactics Ogre factors in things like terrain height and the direction you attack from (eg. from behind); does FFTA?

I found Tactics Ogre to be much, much better.  I liked only having humans for the characters so any character could (with by meeting the right conditions) become any class.  

With FFTA you are forced to have members of each race because they become specific classes.  However most of the classes do suck and often I only stayed in a class to get one specific skill then reverted back to the best class.  

I will say that the story in TO was harder to understand but the combat was much more rewarding.

The judgements really ruined it for me with FFTA.   They were only binding on the player, they were easily avoided by simply waiting a few days to go to a location, and they ultimately meant nothing.  

All in all I felt TO had much more depth and better combat, but a weaker story.
2794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Five things that irritate me about console gaming on: February 04, 2005, 04:00:38 PM
Quote from: "ATB"

5. Bonuses if you finish the game. Why would I want extra costumes or characters if I finish a game. I already finished it, what good is it to me?

I love the bonuses.  It's like getting a dvd with extra content.  The added features are a reward of sorts and the more the better.  I haven't completed Ninja Gaiden the second time through, but it was pretty awesome to start over with a new sword.

I don't feel like it is.  

I remember finishing both Onimusha 2, and Zelda: The Wind Waker and for special content I got a whopping new outfit!  Same dialogue, same monsters, same everything except I looked diffferent.   That is just pointless.  

Most other "unlockable" content has seemed similarly pointless.  Like Zelda: The Minish Cap.  If you do all this stuff right and finish the game twice you get a mirror shield!  So what!  I have already beat the game two times.  Am I really going to play again to see how cool the mirror shield is?  Yeah right!  Give me a freaking unlockable where I don't have to see the silly messages each time get a small key!  That would be something.  smile
2795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Survey] What do you do for a living? on: February 04, 2005, 02:39:15 AM
I work for a small private college as their "go to the office to show them how to start Outlook for the 10th time" person!

Seriously what is wrong with PhDs that they are incapable of understanding that all computers need electricity to work?  Is there something about the focus on one field that forces other stuff out of their brains?

On the plus side there are a lot of fairly attractive women to look at.  So I guess there are perks.
2796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga 1 on: February 02, 2005, 09:16:04 PM
It blew!  I didn't mind the cut scenes but the story was slop.  Really what is the story?  Does anyone care about the characters?  They were thrown at players with little or no development.   Everything is suposed to be mysterious but it is mysterious to the point where nothing means anything or makes any sense.
2797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why is it so hard for them to honor our rebate requests? on: February 01, 2005, 04:24:57 AM
I pretty much expect never to see a rebate.  When a rebate comes I often have no idea what it was for!  I got  rebate once for something I had bought over two years ago!

They are slow because they don't care.  They have your money!  What is the incentive to rush?  They are actually giving up profit to give you some money.   Every day they keep your money is a little more interest in the bank.
2798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Red vs. Blue - intro to the internet (NSFW) on: January 31, 2005, 07:00:22 PM
I love these guys.  Here is a nice intro to how the internet is different then the real world

Very funny....probably NSFW
2799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Elektra bows before the awfulness of Alone in the Dark!! on: January 31, 2005, 04:50:16 PM
What is really, really, really sad is this isn't Christian Slater's worst reviewed movie!

According to Rottentomatoes, Mobsters and Hard Cash both got 0%.   So maybe this is a good career move for him....
2800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What movie should i see this Friday? on: January 27, 2005, 01:38:17 PM
I thought National Treasure was about the perfect matinee movie.  It was entertaining, fun, light hearted, and yet interesting enough that you wanted to see the end.

My next pick would be In Good Company.  Also sounds like a good matinee movie.
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